February 21, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A Haitian appellate court ruled on Thursday that former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier can be charged under international law with crimes against humanity committed during his rule. Haitian authorities reopened a criminal case against Duvalier three years ago after he returned to the ...[read more]
January 15, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Two advocacy groups on Wednesday condemned the slow pace of the criminal case against former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier. "A lack of political will and unacceptable court delays are allowing Haiti's former 'president-for-life," Jean-Claude Duvalier to escape justice for human rights ...[read more]
March 1, 2013
by Sarah Posner
Former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier appeared before a Haitian court on Thursday, after previously rebuffing summonses for alleged human rights abuses from 1971-1986. Thursday's hearing marked the first time that the plaintiffs confronted Duvalier. Duvalier had ignored three previous summonses ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A Haitian judge on Thursday ordered former dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier to appear in court for a hearing on whether he should face charges for human rights abuses. The summons follows a previous order from nearly two weeks ago by a Haitian appeals court for Duvalier to appear for the hearings, a ...[read more]
February 8, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court judge in Haiti on Thursday ordered former president Jean-Claude Duvalier to face charges of abusing human rights. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Last January a magistrate judge ...[read more]
February 7, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Amnesty International (AI) and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) on Wednesday called upon Haiti to ensure that Jean-Claude Duvalier is brought to justice. Duvalier returned to Haiti in 2011 after 25 years in exile, prompting an investigation for crimes he committed from 1971-1986. Both ...[read more]
February 14, 2012
by Max Slater
The US Department of State (DOS) on Monday dispatched a team of international law experts to Haiti to assess how to reinforce the Haitian judiciary's power and independence, according to Haitian Prime Minister Garry Conille. Conille said that one of the experts' goals would be to investigate a ...[read more]
January 31, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Haiti's Investigative Magistrate Carves Jean ruled Monday that former president Jean-Claude Duvalier will not stand trial for crimes against humanity, including torture, false imprisonment, rape and murder during his reign between 1971 and 1986. Jean dismissed the charges reasoning that there are ...[read more]
September 23, 2011
by Sarah Posner
Amnesty International (AI) called on Haitian authorities Thursday to prosecute former president Jean-Claude Duvalier for crimes against humanity that occurred under his leadership between 1971 and 1986. The pressure on Haiti comes after AI released a report detailing human rights abuses that ...[read more]
July 7, 2011
by Julia Zebley
The UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang spoke Tuesday on the importance of Haiti improving its human rights record, including trying ex-president Jean-Claude Duvalier. Stressing the importance of rebuilding after Haiti's recent earthquake, Kang said reform must create a ...[read more]

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